Maureen McGarry and Donvieve
Featured Artists for September 2019
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, September 6th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit Sequoia Humane Society.
Music by singer/songwriter Morgan Corviday, who will sing songs from the Woodstock era.
Maureen McGarry is a watercolor painter who primarily paints local landscapes. Also a teacher, she has offered classes to people of all ages over the past 40 years, primarily teaching art to children in many of the local schools.
Inspired by a visit to the actual site of the infamous three-day concert in Bethel, New York, she will be available to sign prints of two watercolors paintings inspired by her experience there. Cards and a children’s book written and illustrated by the artist are also available at the gallery.
Donvieve is a multi-dimensional artist/educator. She creates masks that challenge our personal barriers and speak to our inner spaces. Another longtime resident of Humboldt County, she is best known as a mask-maker. She has conducted many art workshops, including in other countries.
Primarily made from tanned leather, her masks are molded over a sculpted form and transforms them into a multitude of characters. Masks, cards, and a guidebook for incorporating art into school curriculum are available for sale at the gallery.
Matthew Gagliardi and Jim Lowry
Featured Artists for August 2019
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, August 2nd, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit Northcoast Environmental Center.
Music by singer/songwriter Margaret Kellerman.
Matthew Gagliardi has always been attracted to the fluidity of working hot glass. He explains that most of the process of blowing soft glass is spent trying to influence a material that is not totally in a liquid form or a solid state, but tends to ebb and flow between the two. He says with some sincerity that when blowing glass his perception is often in a similar tidal pattern, drifting between daydreams in the etheric realms and physical reality, yet at the same time it requires his complete attention and total focus.
Typical of many artists, he tells us that If he is not in his studio making glass, he is usually thinking about it while trying to do other things. "Most of my inspiration comes from geometric patterns and symmetry contained within the chaotic appearance in nature and the relationship of capturing and transforming light. I approach the material with the intention of process striving to achieve clean lines, symmetric proportions and refined craftsmanship." Gagliardi's works range from the utilitarian to elegant Venetian styles.
Jim Lowry’s photographs are collected internationally, and he has won a number of awards for his stunning photographs, including Photographer of the Year and a second place award for landscapes in the International Panoramic Photography Contest.
Here in Humboldt County, Lowry is perhaps best known for his landscapes and beachscapes. While his use of color is always effective, he especially enjoys the stark minimalism of black and white photography, and he can be strongly reminiscent of Ansel Adams.
For thirty years Lowry concentrated on painting and drawing. In 1998 he began exploring digital art which soon translated into digital photograph, and he has been working with this medium ever since.
Lowry says, "The possibilities are infinite. I love the whole process; identifying dynamic possibilities, overcoming technical obstacles, shooting in many different ways and processing the images with my magic computer."